Chairman hopes to pack the Turf

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Clarets co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz hopes the town can come together and help roar Burnley to promotion.

Sean Dyche’s men host fifth-place Nottingham Forest tomorrow, before fourth place Derby County come to town the following week.

Unbeaten at home in 19 league games, stretching back to last March, form at Turf Moor could be critical.

Six successive home wins five years ago propelled Burnley to Wembley and promotion, and Banaszkiewicz would love a repeat.

The start of that run saw 10,312 witness a 4-2 win over Crystal Palace, after being 2-0 down, and crowds built steadily to a high of 18,853 for the play-off semi-final first leg against Reading.

The last 10 games that season attracted an average of 14,001, and Banaszkiewicz believes a boisterous Turf can make all the difference.

This season, the average home crowd is 12,382, of which 11,378 are home fans, and Banaszkiewicz is eager to build on that in the remaining eight home games: “We really want to get as many people to come as is possible over the last stretch of the season.

“We play a lot of teams like Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Leicester City, who have large away followings, and it would be fantastic if we could fill the stadium and give the lads the support they deserve to try and help them towards promotion.

“Away from home we have the sixth-best following in the Championship, and hopefully we can attract a few more fans at home and make a big push.

“This is the best team we have seen for some time, and it would be great if we could get everyone right behind them.

“We have the only unbeaten home record in the Championship, and hopefully we can maintain that as long as possible.”

Burnley’s highest attendance so far this season was 16,074 for the 2-0 win at home to QPR back in October.

While the lowest was just 9,641 for the visit of Birmingham City back in September - the lowest home league attendance since hosting Reading in November 2003.

Attendances have not slipped into four figures since that night - when mitigating factors included the game being sandwiched between the derby with Blackburn Rovers and a trip to Leeds United.